A pro-Pyongyang newspaper said Friday that before North Korea would act on a nuclear disarmament pledge it wanted to regain access to the international financial system.
North Korea has been effectively cut off from international banks after the United States blacklisted a Macau bank in 2005 for allegedly aiding the communist regime in money laundering and counterfeiting, scaring other banks away from dealings with the North.
The North has denied the charges against, it and has boycotted negotiations on its nuclear program for more than a year, during which it conducted its first-ever test of a nuclear device in October.
In an effort to break the deadlock and move forward on disarmament, the United States earlier this month helped unfreeze US$25 million (EUR18.4 million) in North Korean money held in the Macau bank, Banco Delta Asia. But the North has not withdrawn the funds for unknown reasons, and it has refused to act on its February pledge to start dismantling its nuclear program.
About 1,600 fighters of private military company (PMC) Wagner left the war zone in western Libya, Anadolu agency reports with reference to Mohammed Kununu, a representative of Libyan government forces.
According to him, PMC employees involved in the Libyan conflict on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar departed from Beni Walid airport near Tripoli on board two military transport aircraft. Their destination remains unknown.
Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, was discharged from hospital.
"Yes, that's true," Peskov told reporters.